Member Since: 18th Jun 2009
12th Jun 2012
I think you have answered your own question in this and a previous post. Part of the solution could be to give AM more responsibility on a day to day basis, given you clearly trust her judgement and respect her abilities. Restructuring the middle managers, as you have indicate you intend to do, should provide an infrastructure that will allow her to delegate so that you aren't just transferring the burden.
23rd Nov 2011
I am surprised by the level of attack on the CEO. I too have my doubts about how the message was delivered, as documented above, but, given previous postings have been supportive of the IT guy and the CEO seems to take significant pleasure from seeing his team develop, I am prepared to put it down to the tone of writing.
Suggesting that someone see an occupational health specialist at an early stage is not a punishment. Time off will relieve the symptoms but not address the underlying cause. It is possible that the IT head was not provided with enough support, given he "fell" into the role, there could be personal circumstances or he may recognise he messed up and be looking for a way to avoid facing the mistake as he is scared of the consequences. By getting to the root of the problem, remedial action can be taken and that may mean the CEO having to acknowledge he and his team didn't spot a problem early enough.
Stress is a real illness (see the share price of Lloyds), as is back pain. Both are hard to evidence so can be used as an excuse but letting someone go on long term sick without intervention is doing them a diservice as once you have had a month off it is often hard to return. The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence, in their report on manageing long term sickness (http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/PH19Guidance.pdf) state:
"Individuals who are out of work for long periods of time due to sickness experience a drop in incomes which can result in poverty and social exclusion. In addition, the longer someone is not working the less likely they are to return to work (DH 2004; Ministerial Task Force for Health, Safety and Productivity 2004). Someone who has been off sick for 6 months or longer has an 80% chance of being off work for 5 years (Waddell and Burton 2006). "